[April 29, 2014]PHOENIX — A little flip-flop in the
batting order led to another big night for Colorado Rockies shortstop
Troy Tulowitzki on Monday.
Swapping places in the lineup with fellow All-Star Carlos
Gonzalez, Tulowitzki had two doubles, a tie-breaking home run and
three RBIs to lead the Rockies to an 8-5 victory over the Arizona
Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Tulowitzki hit third for the third time this season. Left fielder
Gonzalez made his first appearance in the cleanup spot.
"If you were to ask 'Cargo,' too, it doesn't make a difference to
either of us, as long as we are in there helping our team win,"
Tulowitzki hit a two-run double in the third inning and broke a tie
at four with a leadoff homer in the sixth off Arizona left-hander
Wade Miley (2-3), who was 7-0 in 10 previous career appearances
against the Rockies.
Gonzalez, who entered the game in a 2-for-23 slide, also benefitted,
doubling in Tulowitzki in the first inning.
"I don't put a whole lot of stock in where guys hit," Colorado
manager Walt Weiss said. "With both of those guys in the middle of
our order I feel good, regardless of which order it is.
"Tulo had a hell of a night."
Tulowitzki has six homers, four in his last six games, and is second
in the National League with a .366 batting average. He has 15 hits
in his last 35 at-bats, and he is second on the Rockies with 20
"This game is way to hard to feel anything coming," Tulowitzki said
about his current run. "You are just battling every day trying to
get better. You never feel hot streaks. Every day is a new day."
Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau extended his hitting streak to
12 games with a two-run homer in the sixth for a 7-4 lead off Miley,
who gave up 10 hits, seven for extra bases. Morneau leads the
Rockies with 21 RBIs.
Right fielder Gerardo Parra had three hits, including a homer for
Arizona (8-21), which has lost 13 of its last 17 games.
Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado had a single, a double and
scored twice while extending his hitting streak to 18 games, the
longest in the majors this season. He also ranged to his left to
start an inning-ending double play after Arizona cut the deficit to
7-5 with a run in the seventh and had two men on.
Third baseman Martin Prado had two hits and scored three times,
first baseman Paul Goldschmidt had three hits and catcher Miguel
Montero had a single and two RBIs for Arizona.
Left-hander Franklin Morales (3-2) gave up four runs in five innings
for the Rockies (15-12), who have won five of their last seven.
"Frankie didn't have his best command, but he put us in position
to win," Weiss said.
Miley was 4-0 with a 2.01 ERA in six starts against Colorado at
Chase Field, but the Rockies scored in the first, third, fourth and
sixth innings, breaking ties at 1, 3 and 4 in the process.
"I didn't do a very good job of executing pitches, and it cost me,"
"I felt really good tonight. It was weird. Those guys are swinging
it well right now. I didn't get the job done. It was on me. The team
tried to get me back in the game. They'd score. We'd scored. I just
didn't do my job."
NOTES: Colorado C Wilin Rosario (left hand) was awaiting the results
of an MRI to determine the extent of the damage suffered during a
swing last week. "They think it's a bruise only, maybe," Rosario
said after the game. The Rockies feared a hamate bone injury. ...
The Diamondbacks acquired minor league RHP Lucas Harrell from
Houston for a player to be named or cash Monday and will send him to
Triple-A Reno. Harrell opened the season in the Astros' starting
rotation and was 0-3 with a 9.49 ERA in three starts before being
outrighted to the minors. ... Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder)
is scheduled to make his fourth rehab start Tuesday, for Triple-A
Colorado Spring at Memphis. Barring setbacks, he appears close to
returning to the Rockies. ... Arizona RF Gerardo Parra's homer was
his first off a left-handed pitcher since Oct. 1, 2012. All of his
career-high 10 last season were against righties.